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Politics Cuomo's nursing home cover-up could rise to federal level offense

10:26  22 february  2021
10:26  22 february  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Cuomo ' s nursing home deaths cover - up could become a federal level criminal offense , legal experts say. According to a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by John B. Daukas, who served as acting US attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said that 'numerous federal criminal statutes could apply'. Daukas then pointed to Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to the governor who unleashed a political firestorm last week when she admitted to state Democrats that the administration had deliberately dragged their heels on releasing data on the number of COVID-19

Cuomo blames ‘politics,’ fails to address nursing home cover - up admission. Cuomo never directly addressed DeRosa’ s recorded remarks in which she admitted “we froze” over whether to come clean to the Legislature — or the public — about nursing home deaths in the face of a Justice Department inquiry.

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Experts have warned that New York Gov Andrew Cuomo's alleged nursing home deaths cover-up could lead to federal level criminal offenses.

According to a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by John B. Daukas, who served as acting US attorney general for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said that 'numerous federal criminal statutes could apply'.

Daukas then pointed to Melissa DeRosa, the secretary to the governor who unleashed a political firestorm last week when she admitted to state Democrats that the administration had deliberately dragged their heels on releasing data on the number of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes.

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Andrew Cuomo ’ s cover - up of nursing home deaths from COVID-19 Kim also said Cuomo ’ s comments Monday don’t square with what top aide Melissa DeRosa told him and other legislators during a private meeting last week, when she said former President Donald Trump made the issue a The Empire Center ’s Bill Hammond said Cuomo ’ s hiding before the DOJ probe to sit on a true accounting of nursing home deaths doesn’t hold water. “ Cuomo and his administration was fighting release of the data before and after the DOJ probe. It’s not plausible that they couldn’t cooperate with

Cuomo over the “reprehensible” cover - up of nursing home deaths. On Thursday, Cuomo ’ s top aide, Melissa DeRosa, admitted to lawmakers that her boss concealed data about the coronavirus death toll among nursing - home residents to avoid having to share it with the federal government. Though he can ’t be recalled, Cuomo could be impeached under a current, but rarely used, provision of the state constitution. At least one state Republican lawmaker has already called for it. Pataki said that short of recall, it was increasingly urgent for city and state voters to make a change in the 2021 mayor’s race

DeRosa allegedly said that they were worried former president Donald Trump would turn the deaths 'into a giant political football'.

'Ms. DeRosa’s reported admissions indicate the Cuomo administration’s conduct wasn’t merely negligent, but intentional and perhaps criminal,' Daukas wrote.

Andrew Cuomo wearing a suit and tie: Experts have warned that New York Gov Andrew Cuomo's alleged nursing home deaths cover-up could lead to federal level criminal offenses © Provided by Daily Mail Experts have warned that New York Gov Andrew Cuomo's alleged nursing home deaths cover-up could lead to federal level criminal offenses Andrew Cuomo et al. posing for the camera: 'Ms. DeRosa¿s (left) reported admissions indicate the Cuomo administration¿s conduct wasn¿t merely negligent, but intentional and perhaps criminal,' John B. Daukas, who served as acting US attorney general for the Justice Department¿s Civil Rights Division © Provided by Daily Mail 'Ms. DeRosa¿s (left) reported admissions indicate the Cuomo administration¿s conduct wasn¿t merely negligent, but intentional and perhaps criminal,' John B. Daukas, who served as acting US attorney general for the Justice Department¿s Civil Rights Division

He continued: 'It’s a crime to make false statements to the federal government. It’s also a crime to conceal information and otherwise obstruct government investigations.

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Andrew Cuomo for his role in thousands of nursing home deaths in the state, citing a lack of "hard evidence" that his controversial mandate was heavily to blame. Holon echoed Cuomo ' s claim that the troubling COVID rate in senior care facilities was due in large part to transmission among staff and visitors. Stelter offered no-push back, failing to mention Cuomo ' s alleged cover - up of the troubling death toll which prompted an FBI investigation amid bipartisan calls to strip him of his emergency powers.

Cuomo ’ s insane edict — which he rescinded in May — sent virus-positive patients into the state’s most vulnerable population, as Cuomo himself noted in saying the virus would spread in nursing homes like “fire through dry grass.” That’s why families, and so many others, care how many nursing - home residents died. “Where this starts is frankly a political attack from the prior federal administration” and its Health and Human Services spokesman, Michael Caputo. Even now that his coverup has been uncovered, Cuomo still can ’t apologize. He claimed Friday that everyone in his administration did

'New York may have engaged in a conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and its agencies and possibly obstruct justice, among other crimes.'

Daukas added that 'even if it cannot be proved that the Cuomo administration knowingly provided false information to Justice and the (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), New York’s willful failure to provide information may itself constitute a criminal offense—particularly if the intent was to thwart a federal investigation—which, after all, is exactly what Ms. DeRosa reportedly said the administration did'.

In addition to Daukas' viewpoints, Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said DeRosa’s claims, if true, constitutes a potential obstruction of justice charge.

Jarrett said that per the federal statute, if a government official falsifies or hides evidence to avoid triggering an investigation that official is still culpable under the law of obstruction.

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Andrew Cuomo and members of his administration withheld information on nursing home deaths so that the feds wouldn’t find out about them. “Wait, what are you talking about?” CNN viewers will ask. Andrew Cuomo ’ s top aide privately apologized to Democratic lawmakers for withholding the state’ s nursing home death toll from COVID-19 — telling them ‘we froze’ out of fear that the true numbers would ‘be used against us’ by federal prosecutors,” The Post reports. To most, this news regarding Big Brother Cuomo and his Emmy-award winning performance regarding COVID is an eye-opener and

An upper Manhattan nursing home with at least 46 coronavirus deaths has just 13 on New York state’ s official list — and Gov. Cuomo warned Friday of potential prosecution if there’ s been a cover - up . “They submit those numbers under penalty of perjury. You violate, you commit fraud. “So they can be prosecuted criminally for fraud on any of those numbers.” State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker called the deaths at the Isabella Geriatric Center in Washington Heights an “evolving situation.” Cuomo said they would be reviewed as part of a broad investigation by Attorney General Letitia James and

While the coronavirus may have first landed on US soil on the West Coast, it exploded into public consciousness in March as New York City was wracked by a hideous outbreak. As the epidemic spiraled, Cuomo on March 25 issued a directive barring nursing homes from refusing patients based solely on a COVID-19 diagnosis.

a man and a woman sitting on a bed: The state's Democratic attorney general chastised the Cuomo administration for minimizing the death toll at nursing homes by excluding certain fatalities from the count. Cuomo's administration revealed at least 15,000 people living in such facilities have died from virus © Provided by Daily Mail The state's Democratic attorney general chastised the Cuomo administration for minimizing the death toll at nursing homes by excluding certain fatalities from the count. Cuomo's administration revealed at least 15,000 people living in such facilities have died from virus

Cuomo defended the directive as an effort to prevent catastrophic hospital overcrowding and discrimination against virus patients.

Despite his state's death toll - more than 46,000 people in New York state have died of COVID-19, according to Johns Hopkins University - Cuomo's popularity soared, and some Democrats in the spring and summer favorably contrasted his response with Trump's bravado and false optimism, wondering if Cuomo could replace Joe Biden on their ticket or sign on as a vice presidential candidate.

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In October, Cuomo took an early victory lap, releasing a book titled American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

But the nursing home issue exploded onto the political scene with two recent revelations.

First, the state's Democratic attorney general chastised the Cuomo administration for minimizing the death toll at nursing homes by excluding certain fatalities from the count.

Cuomo's administration then revealed at least 15,000 people living in long-term care facilities have died of COVID-19, nearly double the number Cuomo had initially disclosed.

The New York Post first reported that DeRosa told lawmakers the Cuomo administration had withheld the numbers for fear of them being 'used against us'.

A furious Cuomo at a press conference later accused Ron Kim, a Democratic state legislator who spoke to the Post, about corruption.

Kim said Cuomo had called him and threatened to 'destroy' him.

'The nursing homes story really exposed quite a bit about questions about his leadership style and the success of his leadership during COVID,' said Christina Greer, a political science professor at Fordham University.

'The governor wrote a book touting his accomplishments, and we don't know if we're halfway out of the pandemic.'

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Donald Trump Jr. Calls for Cuomo to Lose Book Deal, Says Apply Cancel Culture 'Equally' .
"Simon & Schuster cancelled their contract with Josh Hawley, but Crown is going to stick by a credibly accused serial sexual harasser just because he's a Democrat?" the ex-president's son said."With everything that is coming to light, when will @CrownPublishing be canceling @andrewcuomo's contract?" Trump Jr. tweeted Monday night.

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